Guidance counselor collects coats for students in need
Reported By Stephanie Langston, Reporter - bio | email
LA VERGNE, Tenn. -
Some Rutherford County students could use your help staying warm as frigid temperatures linger in Middle Tennessee.
Roy Waldron Elementary counselor Martina Johnson told Nashville's News 2 she has recently seen a need of more than guidance from her students.
"When I realized our students were coming to school in basically hoodies and jackets, I realized I needed to do something about it," she explained.
Johnson sent an email to the school staff and received more than 50 coats over the weekend, but they could use more.
"Here at Roy Waldron, about 80% of the students are on free or reduced lunch, so there is a need financially in our area. A lot of those students are coming in sweatshirts and they are not prepared," she said.
Johnson said the school has received plenty of size 5-6 donations, but are in need of more 10-12 sizes.
The guidance counselor added if the school receives more coats than they need, they will be donated to others in need throughout the community.
"I plan on sharing with the community, sharing with other schools because before this I had other schools calling me for coats. I encourage the community to donate to any schools in their community. Cedar Grove is also in need. There are plenty of schools in the area that needs coats for their children," said Johnson.
Anyone who would like to donate a new or gently used coat can drop it off at Roy Waldron's front office located at 125 Floyd Mayfield Drive in La Vergne.